Among the many new books written to celebrate the 2017 bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, Jane & D’Arcy, an unheralded contribution from Australia, could be the blockbuster. It tells the Wentworth family story, never before made public, of the teenage romance of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth.
D’Arcy Wentworth remained the fixed star in Jane Austen’s firmament, their enduring romance inspired much of her writing. D’Arcy left England in 1790, for the colony of New South Wales, Jane remained in Steventon, in her father’s rectory. In their separation, in time, their lives blossomed, each within their narrow confines. It was as if their parting gave them the opportunity to fulfil their destiny.
Jane Austen went on to publish and hand down to posterity, novels to amaze the whole room. D’Arcy, an Irish surgeon, became a leader in the early colony of New South Wales, and an advocate for the rights of the convicts and emancipists. His eldest son, William Charles, the Native Son, was the liberator of New South Wales from British colonial rule.
After more than two hundred years, Jane & D’Arcy reveals the story of the enduring love of Jane Austen for the real
Mr Darcy, D’Arcy Wentworth.
In two volumes, Folly is Not Always Folly and Such Talent & Such Success, Jane & D’Arcy, tell the long hidden story of their romance and adventures. It will move and delight Jane Austen’s readers, and revitalise Austen scholarship.
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